Glacier Peak is the most remote peak we climb in the Cascade Range. No road penetrates within eight miles of the mountain and many approach hikes are more than 10 miles long. The fall floods of 2003 destroyed many road and trail bridges in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, and many have not yet been rebuilt. At present, the Cool Glacier route, once considered long, has become the most accessible route.

Activity Notes

Contact the leader directly to inquire about signing up for this run.  


This climb is a mountain trail run of the beautiful and remote Glacier Peak in Washington. The round trip climb to the summit via the Cool Glacier route is approximately 36 miles and 9,000 feet of ascent/decent . The plan is to run the route car to car in approximately 14 hours. We will be as light and fast as possible while still carrying the necessary gear for glacier travel and emergency overnight bivy. This will most likely include an ultralight ice ax and aluminum crampons that fit on trail running shoes (not micro-spikes) at a minimum. The specific strategy will depend on conditions at the time of the climb. 

Physical Fitness Considerations:

Anyone going on this run should have ultra running experience at least at the 50 mile distance. This run is very remote and we will be traveling light and fast. You will need to know how to manage yourself on an unsupported run of around 40 miles with significant elevation gain while dealing with the complexities of an alpine environment.  

Special Gear Considerations:

Running Poles, aluminum crampons, ultralight ice ax, helmet, emergency bivy, running gaiters, running pack, water filter, appropriate layers, food/water, 10 essentials.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 270 miles
Driving Time from Portland 5 hours
General Route Info Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District Office 360-436-1155 Summitpost
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Interesting Features Glacier(s)
Relevant Books Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vol.II by Nelson and Potterfield Cascade Alpine Guide: Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass by Fred Beckey Summit Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot
Relevant Maps Glacier Peak, USGS 7 minute series Green Trails, #112 (Glacier Peak) Google map Some nice GPS tracks and topo maps by Karl Helser:
Awards Qualified 16 Major NW Peaks
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